Oh you mean medical Marijuana for pain. Eh, yeah, I've heard good things about using it for pain. I thought you meant dealing with the opioid epidemic, which here's how it basically started in America:
We had some companies pushing their new time release formulations of things like oxycodone and they pushed it hard. Meanwhile Vicodin, Percocet, Lortab, Percodan, Roxicet this stuff was doled out like candy for any even trivial problem in much the same way everybody in this country got loaded up on Prozac, Ritalin, and Adderall throughout the 90s-00s. I personally did, I knew a fuckload of others that did, quite a few of these pills, including what genuinely infuriates me which is the large number of people I know who were put on extremely heavy duty drugs throughout childhood and adolescence, which I view with the same approval as the average person would when hearing some cokehead parent was doing lines with their 10 year old. That is how much I hate them. That is also why I sincerely hate trannyism with a fiery passion, because at least pumping kids full of drugs they might be theoretically normal functional adults, but crippling hormonal development seems so much worse but I digress (and yes, you absolutely should be looking at this tranny craze from the same lens as America's opioid epidemic, our Prozac epidemic, and our Ritalin and meth epidemics).
These companies sent out "representatives" which is literally sending a lobbyist to individual doctors and practices to get them to prescribe their product, including perks like taking them out to fancy dinners and tickets to ski resorts and such. Think on that: America has an entire profession of drug company lobbyists for individual doctors and prescribers. It is just that corrupt.
So what happens is then all of these kids, many of whom already got used to taking mood altering pills in the 90s, started raiding grandma's medicine cabinet, or started getting them through their friends. I, personally, witnessed that scene and got a few myself, as well as having hydrocodone and oxycodone for separate dental things--which, to be fair, at least those stopped me from drinking while I was on them.
So now by about the mid 00s everybody has gotten high off of these pills who wants to. But then we started getting flooded with heroin from places like Afghanistan and possibly South America. Well, the thing is, these pills are fucking expensive. I mean a 40mg oxy could go for $40. Heroin, otoh, was apparently quite cheap, and that's when the jump off happened. Most of these people shooting H are not chronic pain patients. The drugs got diverted from those people and into these hands. Those kids then saw heroin less as scary needles and more like, oh, ok it's just like percocet no big deal then. The fact that this same generation had been lied to about pot didn't help as DARE programs completely undermined any trust in the anti-drug narrative.
What happened then was that the DEA and prescribers started closing the spigot. This left tons of people out there who'd been abusing pills without a source. Which was the worst possible thing they could have done at that time because there was a lot of heroin hitting the street right around then, which meant all these people who'd gotten used to pills simply switched to heroin which was much cheaper.
The reason why we're getting so many overdose deaths is because of the "china white" issue, which used to be a big taboo of mixing fentanyl with heroin. To this day I think it's completely justifiable to shoot or jail for a long time dealers who do that shit. The last time it happened there was also huge waves of deaths from bad shots. This is going on now because various opioid research chems largely made in China were getting ordered and being used to cut the stuff, so now probably a majority of America's heroin is cut with fentanyl or worse, hence all the deaths. The stuff they're using like what is it, UH47700 or whatever, is so much more potent, and some of these anologues can literally OD you from just getting a whiff of the dust in the air, and these dumb scummy fucks are cutting it into heroin.